University of York Review – 2020 Student Guide

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The University of York is a prominent research University, located in the historic city of York, in northern England. It was originally founded on principles of “excellence, equality and opportunity for all”, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students.

It’s a member of the elite Russell Group of universities, and has since become a dynamic, research-intensive facility, committed to the development of life-saving discoveries and new technologies. Former students of the University include Editor of The Times John Witherow; former Director-General of the BBC Greg Dyke; authors Jung Chang and Helen Dunmore; comedian Harry Enfield, and ten MPs.

York is a collegiate university and has nine colleges. Every student is a member of a college and staff may choose to join a college if they wish. All colleges have equal status, and each has its own constitution. The names of the 9 colleges are, Derwent College, Langwith College, Alcuin College, Vanburgh College, Goodricke College, Wentworth College, James College, Halifax College and Constantine College. Derwent is the oldest college founded in 1965, while Constantine is the youngest having been founded in 2014.

These colleges provide most of the accommodation for undergraduates and postgraduates at the University. While lectures, examinations, laboratories and facilities such as the central library are run by the University, the colleges play an important role in the pastoral care of the student body.

There are now around 30 academic “departments and research centres” within the university, and the student body has expanded over the years to nearly 16,000 students. The Key objectives of the university is to be a world leader in research, to offer outstanding teaching and learning and to offer all their students an outstanding and valuable experience.

Located within walking distance of York city centre, the attractive Heslington campus is home to the university’s nine colleges and most of their departments. They also have several departments located in the city centre at the historic King’s Manor. One of the most famous landmarks of the campus is the Central Hall, this a half-octagonal concert hall used for convocations and examinations, as well as theatrical and musical performances. It has played host to The Wailers, George Melly, Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, and Paul McCartney.

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The Heslington campus also has both indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including an all weather AstroTurf pitch and County standard cricket pitch. A large, “tent-like structure” allows for indoor sport, gymnastics and dance. If you love to “get out and about” on a bike, then there is a network of cycle paths on campus and cycle racks are available close to most buildings across the campus.

In recent years York has won five prestigious Times Higher Education Awards, in 2015 they won “Best Development and Alumni Relations team”, in 2012, “Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers”, and in 2010, “University of the Year”. As of 2017, the University of York is 129th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it’s also 31st in the world for arts and humanities, 79th in the world for life sciences and 77th in the world for social sciences.

University of York – Future Expansion

At this current moment in time, The University of York is in the middle of a period of expansion. Since 2000, they have invested in 20 new buildings on Campus West and have completed the first and second phases of a £750m campus expansion at Campus East. From the outside looking in, the investment in new colleges, teaching and learning space, laboratories, research facilities and a new sport village highlights the University’s commit to both their student bodies and research groups at York.

However that’s not all, due for completion in 2018, the University of York is excitingly building a new retail development, which will include a doctors’ practice and pharmacy to replace the existing surgery at the Campus West campus. Together with a small supermarket and other small shops, cafés or restaurants. The development will be located on Campus East, close to Field Lane and Badger Hill.

Work has also begun on the construction of a new building to the south of Langwith College. The “Piazza Learning Centre” will contain a range of high quality learning spaces, including a 350-seat auditorium, over 30 high-quality, flexible learning spaces, a large flat-floor learning space, available for student activities and societies. A 350-seat restaurant with fantastic lake-views, a large informal learning resource centre and the administrative and teaching home for the new International Pathway College. The estimated completion time is around January 2018.

University of York – Directions

Getting to the University of York is pretty simple, whether you’re travelling by bus, train or car. If you’re planning to visit by train then there’s a frequent, fast train service to York on the main East Coast Line from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh. There is also a direct service between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport. There are buses from the city centre and railway station approximately every 5 minutes during the day, and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the campus.

The “UoY66” service runs from York railway station to Campus West and Campus East, via the city centre. The “UoY56” provides an hourly service from Campus East through the campus to King’s Manor in the city centre via the the railway station and popular student areas of the city. The “ub.1” is a dedicated free shuttle bus service for travel around the main University campus during term-time. The UoY66 and UoY56 also provide free travel around Campus East and West. You can also reach York by coach from many destinations around the country. National Express coaches stop at the railway station.

If you plan to travel by car then it’s generally recommended to approach the University from the junction of the “A64” and “A1079” on the east of the city, from where the University is signposted. Parking is limited and visitor parking is on a pay and display basis. Parking costs £1 per hour or £6 per day, and is free at weekends and between 6pm and 8am. (Correct at the time of publication) If you want to visit the Campus West, please use the postcode YO10 5DD. If you want to visit Campus East, please use the postcode YO10 5GY.